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31 Jan 2008 description
report ALNAP

This briefing paper provides a synthesis of and introduction to key lessons from evaluations of relief and recovery/humanitarian response programmes to flooding in the last 20 years from Africa, Asia and the Americas.

31 Jan 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Why is household water treatment and safe storage an important intervention for preventing disease?

31 Jan 2008 description

A vital component of humanitarian action is the coordination among all actors involved in the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Coordination within this field allows for the most efficient, cost effective, and successful operations possible. Groups seeking access to beneficiary populations often share the same objectives in regards to addressing human need and allaying suffering, but wide variance in such principle elements as organizational structure, technical and/or geographic expertise, mission, mandate, and political interest may hinder or prevent natural coordination on the field.

31 Jan 2008 description

Executive Summary

Understanding and learning occur when evaluation processes and findings are effectively communicated and reported. Active involvement of evaluation stakeholders in all phases of an evaluation ensures ownership and use.

30 Jan 2008 description
  1. Background

1.1 Introduction: Water and Sanitation & UNHCR’s Goals

29 Jan 2008 description

(Brussels/New York/Geneva, 29 January 2008): Speaking to members of the European Parliament, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes expressed his support for the new European Union Consensus on Humanitarian Aid.

"The Consensus document is a significant achievement and shows the great common ground in our approach to catastrophes and humanitarian action in general," said Mr. Holmes. "Demands for humanitarian relief will only grow in the coming years.

29 Jan 2008 description

The UAE donations and support to relief efforts around the globe have alleviated the suffering of victims of natural disasters and conflicts around the world, said Terri Toyota of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The UAE government and people have provided generous and non-discriminatory humanitarian aid and relief to victims in many affected areas, added Toyota during her current visit to the UAE's Red Crescent Authority (RCA). RCA, she remarked, is doing a great job on the ground in many affected areas.

25 Jan 2008 description

World Economic Forum, member companies, and UN pioneer two new initiatives supporting humanitarian emergency relief - Agility, TNT and UPS to contribute 'Logistics Emergency Teams' in natural disaster zones World Economic Forum and UN create 'Guiding Principles' for humanitarian relief sector.

Davos, Switzerland, 25 January 2008 - The World Economic Forum, member companies, and the United Nations today launched two initiatives to facilitate further and deeper private sector support to humanitarian relief operations.

24 Jan 2008 description

Note: Index to flood locations on the map
4. Sri Lanka
7. Australia
8. Afghanistan
9. UK
235. Mozambique
238. Zimbabwe
239. Bolivia
243. Zambia

24 Jan 2008 description

ONU/EIRD 2008/02

"El hospital más costoso es el que falla"

Todos los años, cientos de instalaciones de salud y hospitales resultan destruidos o dañados por los desastres ocasionados por amenazas naturales tales como terremotos, huracanes e inundaciones. Cuando los hospitales y las instalaciones de salud dejan de funcionar durante y después de los desastres, millones de personas no reciben la atención de emergencia que necesitan.

El 5 de agosto del 2007, debido a un sismo con una magnitud de 8.0 grados, la ciudad de Pisco, Perú perdió en tan solo dos minutos el 97 por …

24 Jan 2008 description

UN/ISDR 2008/02

"L'hôpital le plus coûteux, c'est celui sur lequel on ne peut compter"

Les catastrophes provoquées par les aléas naturels - tremblements de terre, ouragans, inondations - endommagent ou détruisent chaque année des centaines d'hôpitaux et d'établissements de soins. Quand les hôpitaux et les établissements de soins ne fonctionnent plus, des millions de personnes sont privées de soins d'urgence pendant et après les catastrophes.

23 Jan 2008 description

DAVOS - A record 80 percent of the food purchased for cash last year by the world's largest humanitarian organisation - a total of 2.1 million metric tons valued at more than US$760 million - was bought in developing countries from Afghanistan to Zambia.  

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it had bought food in 69 developing countries, with the largest supplier being Uganda, where WFP procured 210,000 tons, enough to provide food to some 3.4 million people for one year.  

"Local purchases create win-win solutions to hunger.

23 Jan 2008 description
report Christian Aid

By Sarah Moss, Christian Aid

 Disasters resulting from natural hazards, such as droughts, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and cyclones, are widespread in many developing countries where Christian Aid partners work, and are identified as a major threat to sustainable development and poverty reduction. This is set to worsen as the frequency and intensity of disasters increase due to the effects of climate change, chronic poverty and increasing population pressure.